5 EASY WAYS TO HELP PREVENT SPORTS INJURIES
Start out slowly and gradually allow your body to get into shape before engaging in a vigorous, new sport. Participating in athletic events such as a warrior marathon without properly preparing, and then becoming seriously injured, is a growing problem among the baby boom generation. Doctors are actually beginning to call this phenomenon boomeritis.
- Perform a dynamic warm-up before exercising and a cool down afterward as this helps prevent muscle soreness.
Wear appropriate footwear for your activity so that the foot is supported and protected but is able to respond to the demands of the terrain or playing surface.
- Use proper techniques, which can be learned from a Physical Therapist. This is especially important for people who have suffered previous injuries.
Allow time for your muscles to rest and recover after rigorous activities as overuse is one of the primary causes of sports and fitness-related injuries. For example, with sports like ultimate frisbee or basketball, a general rule of three days of activity to one day of rest is recommended. Speak to the Physical Therapist at Life Physical Therapy and Wellness to help you find the right balance based on your activities.